English 156 - Winter, 2018

The Short Story

Class Information

Instructor: Glazner, Greg
CRN: 74421
Time: MWF 11:00-11:50
Location: 6 Olson


Short stories allow us to see deeply into characters and their worlds in a space of a few pages. How do they accomplish this feat?

In this course, we will approach stories from a writerly perspective, read closely with attention to how stories are crafted, and consider the development of the short story as a form in the 20th and 21st centuries The class will feature an inclusive and diverse set of readings from key American and European writers—as well as a video sidebar on how a short story changes when it is adapted for film.


Attendance, class participation, and daily reading quizzes 40%
Short midterm exam (terms) 5%
First paper 20%
Second paper 25%
Final exam (application of terms) 10%


The Short Story and its Writer, Compact, Ninth Edition., Ann Charters
Internet links to additional stories